Adis Vila, Diversity Leader, Joins INSIGHT Into Diversity Editorial Board

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Lenore Pearlstein and Holly Mendelson, publishers of INSIGHT Into Diversity, are pleased to announce that Adis Vila, JD, MBA, has joined the magazine’s Editorial Board, effectively immediately.

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A respected diversity leader across government, corporate, and academic environments, Vila lectures widely on diversity and inclusion, leadership, ethics, and organizational culture.

“We are honored to welcome Adis Vila to our Editorial Board and look forward to the valuable perspective she brings to our organization,” Pearlstein said. “As INSIGHT Into Diversity continues to seek out and recognize best practices in diversity and inclusion on both academic and corporate campuses, Adis’s broad experience in higher education, business, and government, will provide valuable direction in keeping pace with emerging issues.”

During her career, Vila has served as a professor of international business and international law; in senior roles for the U.S. government, managerial positions in business and higher education; and as a practicing attorney.

Most recently, Vila worked for the U.S. Air Force Academy, where she served as the Academy’s first chief diversity officer. She is also a former member of the U.S. government’s Senior Executive Service (SES/SL). Vila served as vice president of government relations for the Caribbean and Latin America at Nortel Networks; as vice president of international business law development at Vigoro; and as vice president of external relations and general counsel at Miami Dade College.

“A strong proponent of diversity and inclusion and supporter of organizational cultures that model diversity of thought, I am pleased to serve on the Editorial Board of INSIGHT Into Diversity,” said Vila. “I look forward to adding my thoughts to the national conversations encouraged by the publication, so as to make our society more responsive to the demographic changes facing our nation and its readership more prepared to meet the challenges facing a highly complex world.”

At the federal level, Vila has held several posts requiring U.S. Senate confirmation, including assistant secretary of administration for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, where she oversaw the office of financial management, information resources management, operations, EEO, human capital, and diversity.

As former secretary of Florida’s Department of Administration, Vila was responsible for Veterans’ Affairs, information resources management, the state’s collective bargaining with employee unions, and human capital policies including classification of jobs, recruitment, training and development of employees, and employee benefits.
Vila has taught at Rollins College and Dickinson College, at Florida International University’s Schools of Business and Public Affairs and Services, University of Miami, DeVry-Keller Graduate School of Business, and Nova Southeastern University. Her teaching focus is international business and law, international organization development, organizational negotiations, and ethics.

Vila earned her bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Rollins College, a master’s in business administration from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and a Diplôme in International Law from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland. A member of the Florida Bar and Washington District of Columbia Bar, Vila earned her law degree from the Levin College of Law at the University of Florida.

For nearly 40 years, INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine has engaged readers in the goal of achieving a more truly inclusive culture on both academic and corporate campuses. Striving to advance the national conversation on diversity and inclusion, INSIGHT Into Diversity provides timely, thought-provoking news and resources; interviews with innovators, thought leaders and experts; explorations of best practices; profiles of successful programs and initiatives; and career advertising that connects potential employees with institutions and businesses choosing to embrace a workforce more reflective of our local and national communities.

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